The Christmas Food Shop

Themes: Food, Money saving, Christmas

Impact:
Effort:
Cost saving:
£: No up-front costs

Description

With the supermarkets packed full of offers, it’s tempting to buy loads of food over the festive period, but you could save a lot of money by stopping to think ‘will we actually eat all this?!’

In a UK survey, 7 out of 10 people admitted to buying more food than they need at Christmas, and we waste around a third of the food we buy generally, meaning the money spent is wasted too.

Each Christmas we waste; an estimated; 2 million turkeys, 5 million Christmas puddings (who likes them anyway?), 74 million mince pies, 17.2 million Brussels sprouts and an estimated 2 million kilos of cheese. Not to mention the energy used to cook it. It’s estimated that the average turkey takes around 5 hours to cook, costing as much as a typical family’s entire electricity bill for 24 hours!

Some tips to cut back on food waste:

  • Plan your meals to avoid buying food you don’t use
  • Make a shopping list and stick to it – festive treats and multibuy offers are tempting but a lot ends up in the bin
  • Find creative ways to use up your leftovers – there are loads of recipes online for yesterday’s roasted veg. Here’s a selection of recipes for Christmas meal leftovers
  • Freeze it before if goes off – clear your freezer ahead of the big meal, and you can be dining out on Christmas for months to come
  • Aim for a ‘zero waste’ cheeseboard, and only buy cheeses that you know someone will eat. A survey found that a third of people threw away an entire cheese each year because either no one liked it, or people were too full by the time the cheeses came out!
  • Buy your veg loose from a local greengrocer or through a local veg box scheme if possible
  • Store veg dirty – not washing vegetables until you need them keeps them fresher for longer

The Christmas Food Shop

Themes: Food, Money saving, Christmas

Impact:
Effort:
Cost saving:
£: No up-front costs

Description

With the supermarkets packed full of offers, it’s tempting to buy loads of food over the festive period, but you could save a lot of money by stopping to think ‘will we actually eat all this?!’

In a UK survey, 7 out of 10 people admitted to buying more food than they need at Christmas, and we waste around a third of the food we buy generally, meaning the money spent is wasted too.

Each Christmas we waste; an estimated; 2 million turkeys, 5 million Christmas puddings (who likes them anyway?), 74 million mince pies, 17.2 million Brussels sprouts and an estimated 2 million kilos of cheese. Not to mention the energy used to cook it. It’s estimated that the average turkey takes around 5 hours to cook, costing as much as a typical family’s entire electricity bill for 24 hours!

Some tips to cut back on food waste:

  • Plan your meals to avoid buying food you don’t use
  • Make a shopping list and stick to it – festive treats and multibuy offers are tempting but a lot ends up in the bin
  • Find creative ways to use up your leftovers – there are loads of recipes online for yesterday’s roasted veg. Here’s a selection of recipes for Christmas meal leftovers
  • Freeze it before if goes off – clear your freezer ahead of the big meal, and you can be dining out on Christmas for months to come
  • Aim for a ‘zero waste’ cheeseboard, and only buy cheeses that you know someone will eat. A survey found that a third of people threw away an entire cheese each year because either no one liked it, or people were too full by the time the cheeses came out!
  • Buy your veg loose from a local greengrocer or through a local veg box scheme if possible
  • Store veg dirty – not washing vegetables until you need them keeps them fresher for longer

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